Microsoft offers some great accelerated classes called “Jump Starts” through its online learning division for a mere $99. Last week (October 25) they announced some new dates for their extremely popular 70-659 exam “Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization Jump Start.” On November 2 (Wednesday) and December 1 (exactly one month from tomorrow) you can tune in to learn about this exam from Microsoft Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and MS Technical Instructor Philip Helsel on this topic.
You might ask: “What makes the Jump Start a good enough deal that I’m willing to blog about it?” Here’s why: by itself the day of training (8 hours) is probably worth $99. But when you sign up for the Jump Start, you also get an exam voucher for the related exam (70-659) as well. And because normal retail pricing for that exam is $150, you’re sort of getting the training for free, and a $51 discount on the exam along with it.
This is simply too good a deal to pass up. Register now to get in on the training, and the exam discount. The hours may be a bit wonky (8am – 4pm PDT on 11/2/2011 and 10pm-6am EDT on 12/1/2011) depending on your time zone, but the value of this offering is indisputable. Be ready to hit the ground running in this class though: it is designed for those who already know their way around MS virtualization tools and techniques, not for rank beginners.